From Day to Night at Korea’s Historic Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon (PHOTOS)

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

A UNESCO-designated cultural heritage site everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. 

8973624792_416b0bdc78_b“Hwaseong Fortress represents the pinnacle of 18th-century military architecture, incorporating the best scientific ideas from Europe and East Asia.” – UNESCO

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Suwon City, in Gyeonggi Province that is just south of Seoul, to admire the beauty of Hwaseong Fortress. But if you visit this year, it is going to be even more fantastic!

In celebration of its 220th anniversary, the city has designated 2016 as the ‘Visit Suwon Hwaseong Year‘ and plenty of cultural events and programs will be held for both local and international visitors to Hwaseong Fortress.
17193132923_22d146e004_bRegarded as the most outstanding and well-preserved fortress in South Korea, the beauty and grandeur of Hwaseong Fortress is incomparable to other fortresses in the country.

Built in the late 18th century, this magnificent structure is treasured for its cultural and historical values and thus was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. For more details and directions, click here.8973532394_a4d988261a_bRegarded as the most outstanding and well-preserved fortress in South Korea, its beauty and grandeur truly is incomparable to other fortresses in the country.

When the sun is still up, make sure you take your time to take in every aspect of Hwaseong Fortress. Learn about its historical background and what each structure is built for. Try various traditional activities like the traditional archery for instance. It costs 1,000 KRW per 5 arrows.8124811640_fc9c912433_b17813259295_ae57614004_bAnd when the sun goes down, enjoy the Moonlight Tour!5300039094_9d807b8cb8_bJust like the special night time openings of the royal palaces in Seoul, Suwon Hwaseong and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (located inside the fortress), are open to public at night until July 17. 5299443415_94f9ab67a6_bThe available dates for the Moonlight Tour in June are 16, 17, 18 and 19 and in July are 15, 16 and 17. Tickets cost 20,000 won and must be purchased in advance at If you need any help, call +82-1544-1555.5300039786_99dffc5005_b5300041480_3b36ec9f25_bDuring this special cultural period, you can take in the night view of the Haengggung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress and enjoy various traditional performances. The performances will be held from 19:50 until 22:10.
5300042354_eca875a180_bNow, if you are interested in visiting Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and want to check out other attractions nearby, click here. If you need a transport service, it is available here.

Whether it’s day or night, you’ll find a truly beautiful sight to behold during your time in Suwon. So all you have to do is go.button31.png

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